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Ready to join the ranks of certified editors? Exam registration opens next week

On Saturday, November 14, the certification exams for copy editing and stylistic editing will be written in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

Registration opens on Monday, July 27. The proofreading and structural editing exams will be offered again in 2016.

Here are a few tips to get you started on your path to excellence.

Learn about the tests

What standards do they cover? How much time is allotted to write them? See the certification website for an overview, and get a copy of the Study Guides for more detailed information and a full practice test.

Study early

Even if you don't register right away, you can start preparing for certification now. Get your materials in order, and set up a reasonable but consistent schedule.

Review the fundamentals of editing. These principles apply to editing in all media and disciplines, and they should form the foundation of your knowledge.

The "Are You Certifiable? Preparing for EAC's Certification Exams" conference session presented by Sherry Hinman, CPE, gave attendees loads of valuable tips for hitting the books, a suggested study schedule, and sample questions. Visit the Editing Goes Global website to download Sherry's handout and PowerPoint presentation, as well as materials from other conference sessions you may have missed.

Looking for more tips? See Preparing for Certification.

For more information, visit the certification website.